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Writing First: Practice in Contexthelps students master basic writing skills by providing them with clear instruction, engaging models, interesting and abundant exercises, and plenty of guidance for self-checking and revising their work. In addition, the unique "practice-in-context" method gets students writing immediately in every chapter and has them consistently applying what they learn to their own writing. The fourth edition goes further in helping students make important connections between paragraph and essay writing skills, and between following step-by-step models of writing and composing their own work. Revised in consultation with an ESL specialist, this edition is a strong choice for classrooms with non-native speakers. With additional chapters on study skills and research,Writing Firstis an invaluable tool for students learning the essential skills of college reading and writing.Writing First: Practice in ContextandFoundations First: Sentences and Paragraphsare part of a two-book workbook series from experienced teachers and authors Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell. Both books teach students basic writing and grammar skills in the context of their own writing where students learn best.
Laurie Kirszner and Stephen Mandell have taught college composition and basic writing for more than 25 years and have authored many widely adopted textbooks including Patterns for College Writing (2009), Foundations First: Sentences and Paragraphs (2008), and the new text Focus on Writing: Paragraphs and Essays (2008). Laurie Kirszner teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Stephen Mandell is the founder and former director of the basic writing program at Drexel University, where he teaches composition, literature, and technical and business writing.
Table of Contents
|Preface for Instructors|
|A Student's Guide to Using|
|Self-Assessment Checklists for Writing Paragraphs and Essays|
|Writing Paragraphs And Essays|
|Focus on Paragraphs|
|Writing a Paragraph|
|Understanding Paragraph Structure|
|Focusing on Your Assignment, Purpose, and Audience|
|Identifying Your Main Idea and Writing a Topic Sentence|
|Choosing and Arranging Supporting Points|
|Drafting Your Paragraph|
|Revising and Editing Your Paragraph|
|Self-Assessment Checklist: Revising Your Paragraph|
|Review Checklist: Writing a Paragraph|
|Fine-Tuning Your Paragraph|
|Writing Unified Paragraphs|
|Writing Well-Developed Paragraphs|
|Writing Coherent Paragraphs|
|Review Checklist: Fine-Tuning Your Paragraph|
|Patterns of Paragraph Developmen|
|What is Exemplification?|
|Writing an Exemplification Paragraph|
|Self-Assessment Checklist: Writing an Exemplification Paragraph|
|Moving from Paragraph to Essay: Exemplification|
|Cause and Effect|
|Comparison and Contrast|
|ArgumentNote: Chapters 4 – 11 follow the same format as chapter 3 but details have been omitted to save space|
|Focus on Essays|
|Writing an Essay|
|Thinking about Paragraphs and Essays|
|Deciding on a Topic|
|Stating Your Thesis|
|Choosing Supporting Points|
|Arranging Supporting Points|
|Drafting Your Essay|
|Revising Your Essay|
|Self-Assessment Checklist: Revising Your Essay|
|I Editing Your Essay|
|Self-Assessment Checklist: Editing Your Essay|
|Review Checklist: Writing an Essay|
|Introductions and Conclusions|
|Review Checklist: Introductions and Conclusions|
|Patterns of Essay Development|
|Self-Assessment Checklist: Writing an Exemplification Essay|
|Cause and Effect|
|Comparison and Contrast|
|Review Checklist: Patterns of Essay Development|
|Note: Sections B - I follow the same format as section A but details have been omitted to save space|
|Revising And Editing Your Writingunit 4|
|Writing Effective Sentences|
|Writing Simple Sentences|
|Review Checklist: Writing Simple Sentences|
|Writing Compound Sentences|
|Using Coordinating Conjunctions|
|Using Transitional Words and Phrases|
|Review Checklist: Writing Compound Sentences|
|Writing Complex Sentences|
|Identifying Complex Sentences|
|Using Subordinating Conjunctions|
|Using Relative Pronouns|
|Punctuating with Relative Pronouns|
|Review Checklist: Writing Complex Sentences|
|Achieving Sentence Variety|
|Varying Sentence Types|
|Varying Sentence Openings|
|Mixing Long and Short Sentences|
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